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What is Emergency Contraception?

Emergency contraception is a secondary method or ‘back-up’ contraceptive. It can be used if you want to avoid an unplanned pregnancy after you have had sex without using contraception or if contraception has failed (e.g. the condom slipped or you missed a pill).

Emergency contraception is more effective the sooner you take it after having unprotected sex.

Emergency contraception does not provide any protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Talk to your pharmacist about the best emergency contraception option for you.

From the 1st July 2017, medical card holders will be able to obtain EHC directly from a pharmacy, free of charge, without having to go to their GP for a prescription first.